Don Shanower knew how to make a scene. Known affectionately as “Doc”, the Professor of speech and theater, joined the staff of North Central College in 1955, and was in charge of the theater program there until his retirement in 1986.
His love of the stage was lifelong, and he brought it to others when he founded the Summer Place in 1966 – growing the Community Theater Company from a few plays put on each summer in a garage, to a year round performance vehicle with shows at Naperville Central High School.
But he found himself in an unwanted spotlight in 2001, when on September 11th, his son Dan, a U.S. Navy Commander, was killed at the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks.
Doc himself had served in the Army during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart after being injured during the Battle of the Bulge. Both he and his son were honored with the dedication of the Shanower Family Softball Field on the North Central Campus in 2002.
Doc is survived by his wife Patricia, their children Vicki, Paula, Tom and Jon, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.